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The following are some Mt. Everest facts. When a moutain attracts climbers, its facts mingle with those mountaineers forever.

-- The oldest person eached the Everest top was then-64-year-old Sherman Bull. He reached it on May 25, 2001.


-- The first legally blind person who reached the top the world was Erik Weihenmeyer. He made it on May 25, 2001.


-- The most ascents made is by Appa Sherpa. He became the first person to climb Everest 11 times on May 24, 2000. The next ones are Ang Rita Sherpa and Babu Chiri Sherpa. They made 10 ascents oxygenless.


-- The best and worst years on climbing Mt. Everest were:

  • In 1993, 129 summitted and eight died (a ratio of 16:1)
  • in 1996, 98 summitted and 15 died (a ratio of 6½:1)


-- The highest causes of death are by avalanches. The rate is two times higher than falls.


-- The most dangerous area on the mountain is Khumbu Ice Fall. There are 19 deaths so far.


-- The first ski descent was by Davo Karnicar on October 7, 2000.


-- Recent years without ascents: 1974, 1977


-- Corpses remaining on Everest: about 120. This is one of the chilly Mt Everest Facts.


-- The longest stay at the summit was done by Babu Chiri Sherpa. He stayed at the summit for 21 hours and a half.


-- The largest ascent team: China tackled Everest in 1975 with a 410 member team.


-- The fastest descent was made by : Jean-Marc Boivin of France in 1988. He descended from the top in just 11 minutes by paragliding.


-- The only climber who climbed all 4 sides of Everest is Kushang Sherpa. He is now an instructor with the Himlayan Mountaineering Institute.


-- The first person to hike from sea level to summit with no oxygen aids was Tim Macartney-Snape. He reached the summit on May 11, 1990.


-- Largest number of Australians to reach the top of Mt. Everest in one day was 40. The date was May 10, 1993.


The first person to summit Everest twice was Nawang Gombu-Nepal. He summited in 1963 and in 1965.

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